June 19 Pearl

June 19

Freedom is the condition or state of not being mastered by anything..this was a quote from our pastor this weekend. There are many theories on what freedom is?

Braveheart is a popular movie where Mel Gibson says you may live, but will you really live because you will be enslaved? Wouldn’t you rather fight for life and die while fighting for life, then go home and just exist.

My theory on freedom in the short 42 plus years I’ve been on this earth is that freedom is the liberation from demanding what I want. It hardly ever happens that I get what I want.

In fact if I demand it and then don’t get it, there is more disappointment and dissatisfaction than if I surrender to The Lords will for my life.

Even Jesus, who was God, said, not my will but your will be done Father…on earth as it it is in heaven. Being enslaved to what I want is true bondage to be enslaved to what the Lord wants is liberation.

The reason for this is because what The Lord wants for me is always better than what I want for me. I think I know, but I don’t really. I see through a glass dimly and I only see what’s right in front of me not what is going to happen years down the road.

They say hindsight is 20/20..well The Lord has 20/20 vision so we can trust him and surrender to Him.

Whatever we feed will grow: if we feed the spirit we will be free. If we feed our sinful desires we become more and more enslaved.

My Pearl today is the liberation of being enslaved to Jesus.

June 18 Pearl

June 18

If you don’t have a father in your life and are hurting today; know that you have a Father in heaven that loves you more than any earthly father could possibly love you.

Study this Book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8

If your hurting today from the loss of your earthly father know that Jesus cares when your heart is so sad that you can’t even express your pain.

Marinating yourself in God’s Truth by reading His Word will help you cope with life’s up’s and downs.

As I read this verse about meditating on Gods Word so you will prosper..I have to admit I have meditated and for a long time I didn’t FEEL prosperous. I can look back though and see how God was molding my character through the fire.

I see what he was doing to shape me and I needed pain to shape me. I would not have been very moldable if I was not in pain. Many times pain drives you to the ground and your open to hearing in a way that you may not be if life is going well.

If your struggling just keep doing the next right thing and eventually there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

My Pearl today is the presence of our Heavenly Father whom we can ALWAYS rely on.

June 17 Pearl

June 17

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32. Does scripture work to set us free and help us live a better life?

We are told from the time we accept Christ that we need to have our quiet time and at first it can be a chore or a just something we mark off our checklist.

However, if we give God’s Word time to soak into our being it will change us! I have experienced it myself. In this way the truth does set you free.

After knowing the Lord for 22 years, I realize why a quiet time is important. The goal is to read Gods Word so we can hear what God has to say to us that is pertinent for our current situation.

Spending time being quiet, with no noise around gives us a moment to hear what he may want to whisper to our souls.

I try to stay tuned to His spirit all day long because He has many things to reveal to me throughout the day If I pay attention?! Throughout our mundane routine we CAN hear nuggets from the Lord. The hard part is we don’t pay attention.

My Pearl today is that if I stay tuned to His spirit I can be changed daily, hopefully for the better.

June 16 Pearl

June 16

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception is composed of others. A quote by John Holmes.

We forget this idea that the world doesn’t revolve around us! I had a productive and efficient day with work and at home. At work I was able to support families and patients who were grieving.

I don’t always connect with the patients and families, but today I connected to not just one but three different families and their patients. It was a good day of connection.

I was able to experience one very loving family who is rallying around their mom through her dying process. Its really a rather beautiful thing.

At home tonight I was able to move some things to the rental house and do deep cleaning. I came home and mowed the yard and took the dogs on a walk.

I have to say it was a full day of joy. I’m really grateful I can move boxes and mow the yard. Last year I struggled to do any kind of labor with a post op neck surgery and a new shoulder injury.

I feel like I’m on the mend with my shoulder. It doesn’t hurt as much as it did and I have good range of motion considering I’m almost five months post op.

My Pearl today is the joy of giving and being able to work and do things around the house. Thank you Jesus!

June 15 Pearl

June 15

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to the cross and crucified them there. Galatians 5:24

The problem is I nail those passions to the cross at night when I go to bed; but when I get up in the morning they jump right back off. Actually I’m pretty good until I get on the road and start driving and then it all goes to the warm place in a hand basket.

Then about 2 PM I get that hankering for something sweet and once again the passions of the flesh take over. The scale is either a liar or I have lost control of my passions and they are not nailed to the cross. I’m afraid the latter is the case.

So every day and every minute I need to crucify the desires of my flesh so I can gain control of my life and attitude.

My Pearl today is that The Lord can help me with this if I ask Him to.

June 14 Pearl

June 14

We received the keys to our rental house today. It was fun to go walk through the house and give it my touch. I was taken back to my Amish days when I use to clean houses. We sure knew how to clean a house.

I gave the rental my personal Amish touch, except of course I didn’t wash the walls. I’m not reaching back that far in my heritage. That is just too much work.

Its important to me as a woman to give the house in which I live my personal touch. It gives me ownership of the house.

When it comes to my work ethic and my ability to clean; I realize I inherited this from my Amish upbringing. I was also reminded today of my ability to bake. The Amish were at the hospital selling their baked goods.

It was a deja vu moment when I saw them. Its hard to describe how it feels to see my people who I use to be apart of; in a non Amish setting. There is this sense that I’m still apart of them, yet I feel like I’m on the outside looking in.

I am grateful for the things I have inherited. The work ethic, the baking and cleaning abilities. I used to think all these values come naturally for everyone. I guess not.

My Pearl today is the joy of finding pearls from my younger days.

June 13 Pearl

June 13

Have you ever felt like your the only one who feels a certain way? Elijah did too. In 1 Kings he says, ” I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

The Lord responds by showing him there were over 7,000 people in the land who had not bowed their knee to a false God. He wasn’t alone. He felt alone. Why? Because he believed in his mind that he was alone.

Have you ever been in a scenario where you were waiting for a loved one and they were late…so your mind starts to wander. Before you know it your picking out their songs for the funeral!

Maybe I’m the only one that has a brain that can imagine well. If you have ever done this where you imagined getting word that there has been an accident and your loved one hasn’t made it…your brain has thought it and so you start to feel it.

Right when your imagining the funeral they walk in the door and you sigh this big sigh of relief. But your body and mind was able to produce emotions based on what your were feeling. Even though it was not true!

How we feel is directly related to what we were just thinking. You wake up and you think oh my I hurt and I’m tired and I don’t want to get up. You drag yourself awake and say to yourself, this is going to be a bad day.

If you think this, it probably will be a bad day. However, if you say to yourself, you know what Lord I need a fresh fire from you and turn on worship music, soon you feel differently.

My Pearl today is the power of changing your feelings by thinking different thoughts. Especially God’s thoughts.